Where to Find the Best Fried Chicken in San Antonio 

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Who doesn't love fried chicken, honestly? Whatever piece of bone-in chicken, or whether you prefer chicken fried chicken, these local spots hold it down when cooking up the bird.
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Chatman’s Chicken
1747 S WW White Road, (210) 359-0245, facebook.com
Don’t let this tiny self-serve counter fool you. Here you’ll be able to score incredibly yummy fried chicken and sides to match – all you have to do is choose whether to go the dark, white or mixed route. Trust us, you need this in your life.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.tisfied
Mrs. Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery
2242 E Commerce St, (210) 549-4392, mrskitchensa.com
Regarded as one of the city’s top spots for soul food, Mrs. Kitchen is definitely a place to go when you want to feel good. The small space brings big flavors, including its fried chicken. Pair your poultry with classic sides like collard greens and black-eyed peas.
Photo via Instagram / mrsjrodriguez_86
Mr C’s Fried Chicken & Waffles
Multiple locations, facebook.com/Mr.CsFriedChickenWaffles
With two locations in SA, it’s easy to get your fix of Mr. C’s. The glorious thing about the growing restaurant’s menu is that you can choose exactly which pieces of chicken you want paired with your waffle. Whether you’re a thigh guy or a breast kind of lady, you can score whatever you’re in the mood for.
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The Pigpen
106 Pershing Ave, (210) 267-9136, thepigpensa.com
You’ll definitely want to make it a point to stop by the Pigpen for Sunday brunch if you haven’t already. As if the live music and playground aren’t reason enough to take the family out, you and your crew won’t be able to stop noshing on the fried chicken. Be sure to grab your share, because folks will definitely take advantage of the all-you-can-eat setup here.
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Mr. & Mrs. G’s Home Cooking
2222 S WW White Road, (210) 359-0002, facebook.com/MrandMrsGsHomeCookingandPastries
As one of the city’s oldest and most authentic Southern restaurants, Mr. & Mrs. G’s is a respected favorite for fried chicken. Choose your sides, and honestly your meal will be absolutely delicious no matter what combination you end up with.
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Mr. A Ok’s Kitchen
4403 Rittiman Road, (210) 642-4181, mraokskitchen.com
Newer to SA’s food scene, Mr. A Ok’s Kitchen has gained local foodies’ respect for knowing how to do food well. The Southern joint has fried chicken, chicken fried chicken and a chicken sandwich, so good luck choosing what to order.
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Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery
136 E Grayson St #120, (210) 455-5701, southerleigh.com
Southerleigh may be known for its oysters and other seafood specialties, but the Pearl restaurant also makes some mouthwatering fried chicken. Available as a sandwich or plate, you’d be best to pair your meal with the creamy mac ‘n’ cheese or jalapeño cheddar grits.
Photo via Instagram / southerleigh
M K Davis Restaurant & Bar
1302 N Flores St, (210) 223-1208, mkdavisrestaurant.com
Tex-Mex favorites and an ice cold beer are always on deck at this historic restaurant, open since 1956, but you can’t go wrong with the fried chicken in its many forms. Take your pick from a fried chicken burger, chicken fried chicken breast or a two- or three-piece meal, with your choice of dark, white or mixed.
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Eastside Kitchenette
2119 I-35, (210) 507-2568, theeastsidekitchenette.com
Since opening on the East Side, chefs Jeff and Jenn White have proven that they know how to cook. Such an example is the restaurant’s spicy fried chicken sandwich, topped with smoked bacon, pimento cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickles.
Photo via Instagram / eastside_kitchenette
Che’s Chicken & Burgers
4303 S Presa St #1045, (210) 533-7989
While there’s no shortage of fried foods here, this counter-serve spot should definitely have your attention with its fried chicken. Luckily there’s tables onsite so you don’t have to wait long to crunch on your favorite piece of chicken. Choose between dark, white or mix so you can go to your happy place.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
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Cullum’s Attagirl
726 E Mistletoe Ave, (210) 437-4263, facebook.com/cullumsattagirl
Cullum’s may be an ice house, but the folks here know what they’re doing on the fried chicken front. From plates to sandwiches you can get your fill of this crunchy goodness. Plus, you can even order it Nashville Hot if you’re not a sissy
Photo via Instagram / visinedrip
MAX’s Wine Dive
340 E Basse Road, Ste 101, (210) 444-9547, maxswinedive.com
You can trust MAX’s to know how to make fried chicken damn well. Though there’s lots of chicken throughout the menu, the standard fried chicken plate takes you to a new place as the chicken is marinated in its house jalapeño-buttermilk mixture. It’s just that good.
Photo via Instagram / eatingwithcatherine
Smackerel
Food truck, facebook.com/smackerelsa
Even without a brick-and-mortar, Smackerel has gained a dedicated following – likely with the help of its fried chicken sandwich. During its restaurant takeovers, the food truck has been known to offer classic flavors like Buffalo and Nashville Hot as well as less-common takes like Korean BBQ and Chipotle Raspberry.
Photo by your.misery via Instagram / smackerelsa
The Jerk Shack
117 Matyear St, (210) 776-7780, facebook.com/thejerkshacksatx
Jerk fried wings. Need we say more? You can order these delicious bad boys as a starter or as a meal, paired with a pineapple waffle. You’ll really think you died and gone to heaven.
Photo via Instagram / sa.suaveeats
Josephine Street
400 E Josephine St, (210) 224-6169, josephinestreet.com
The historic Josephine Street may be prized for its steaks, but it also holds it down on the chicken front too. All you need is the chicken fried chicken breast, topped with cream gravy. Could you even want anything else?
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Meadow Neighborhood Eatery + Bar
555 W Bitters Rd #110, (210) 481-4214, meadowsanantonio.com
Dedicated to offering a seasonal Texas Southern dining experience, you can depend on Meadow to have fried chicken on its menu. Swing by at dinnertime for the plate of this crunchy goodness, served with bacon-braised greens, chow chow and honey hot sauce.
Photo via Instagram / waltlewjr
Wayne’s Wings
2427 Austin Hwy, (210) 300-3891, wayneswingssa.com
Fried chicken wings have never tasted so good. This Austin Highway outpost is regarded for its quality wings, made to perfection with a variety of traditional and wacky sauces. There’s even a specific flavor that is simply called “Country Fried” – and yes, it’s just as delicious as it sounds. Be sure to wash it down with the limeade!
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The South Chicken & Waffles
5739 Callaghan Road, Ste. 100, (210) 647-6677, facebook.com/TheSouthSA
With chicken in the name, you can expect it to be good. But when said chicken is paired with waffles, you know it’s going to be absolutely delicious. Order the classic waffle or opt for the red velvet offering, either way it’ll taste scrumptious with your fried chicken. It’s really best to just taste your way through the menu and see what you like best.
Photo via Instagram / evaaadiva
Tony G’s Soul Food
915 S Hackberry, (210) 451-1234, tonygssoulfood.com
With Sunday brunch complete with live jazz, it’s hard to stay away from Tony G’s. Especially if you order the fried chicken. While chicken is made lots of ways here, the Southern fried chicken, served with your sides and bread of choice, will not disappoint.
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De Wese's Tip Top Cafe
2814 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 732-0191, facebook.com/tiptopcafesanantonio
Open since the ‘30s, Tip Top Cafe remains a favorite for many locals. You can score a fried chicken piece of each part of the bird, complete with all the sides and a toasted biscuit.
Photo via Instagram / theregoestrejo
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Radicke's Bluebonnet Grill
237 N WW White Road, (210) 337-4007, facebook.com/bluebonnetgrill
American comfort food awaits you at this East Side spot, including jalapeño fried chicken that will change your life. This spot is only open for 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays, so take a long lunch if you need to.
Photo via Instagram / nyspinoza
The Hut Diner
1610 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 649-8574, hutdiner.com
Since opening in 2010, this diner has come through for simple, yet flavorful bites. Part of its menu is the chicken fried sandwich – hand-battered chicken breast made complete with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and spicy mayo on Texas toast. Yum!
Photo via Instagram / sa.suaveeats
Sherry's Texan
1113 Pleasanton Road, (210) 314-1763, facebook.com/SherrysTexan
A South Side favorite, this Pleasanton Road outpost offers both Mexican and American bites. As far as American dishes go, you can’t go wrong with the fried chicken sandwich or the chicken fried chicken for that matter.
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Chatman’s Chicken
1747 S WW White Road, (210) 359-0245, facebook.com
Don’t let this tiny self-serve counter fool you. Here you’ll be able to score incredibly yummy fried chicken and sides to match – all you have to do is choose whether to go the dark, white or mixed route. Trust us, you need this in your life.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.tisfied